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Diss Town have bounced back from heavy defeats and online hate as they look to recreate historic Wembley trip in FA Vase

Diss Town manager Garth Good is ‘really pleased’ with how his team have come together to overcome online criticism and go their last four games unbeaten.

The Tangerines were thrown in at the deep end, losing their opening two games of the campaign – conceding 13 goals in the process – including a 9-0 drubbing at AFC Sudbury Reserves, which Good described as ‘a horror show’.

With an overhaul of 14 new players, many coming from three of four leagues below, the boss remained confident in his squad and they have since put together a strong run of form – three wins and a draw in their last four games.

Diss Town manager Garth Good, left Picture: Gary Donnison
Diss Town manager Garth Good, left Picture: Gary Donnison

“For them as young people, the boys got a lot of criticism via social media, which happens to a lot of clubs these days,” said Good.

“While they have great confidence in themselves, it was tough for them over the first few games because everyone was saying ‘they’re not good enough’.

“The players have taken those losses on the chin and the new faces have dealt with the shock of playing a few leagues higher really quickly.”

After three wins on the bounce, Diss could have made it four, had they not conceded a last-minute equaliser on Wednesday night away to draw 1-1 at Great Yarmouth Town.

Now Diss have the opportunity to take their momentum into the FA Vase, a competition they famously won at Wembley in 1994.

They will make the short trip tomorrow to fellow North Division rivals Norwich CBS, who are winless in the league .

“To take Diss to Wembley would be amazing,” said Good.

“For the volunteers who put countless hours in to keep the club running, the players and staff who work so tirelessly and of course for the fans, if it is even half possible to replicate 1994, it would be an amazing achievement.

“It’s a pipe dream at the moment, but if we can get anywhere near Wembley, it would help us build the momentum to push the club forward.”

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